Transfer deadline day is expected to be a quiet one at the Camp Nou, and Ernesto Valverde has even had the time to discuss the Champions League draw, of which he feels Barcelona have been given the toughest group of teams.

Los Cules will face Tottenham Hotspur, PSV Eindhoven and Internazionale, with the Italian giants being seeded in the fourth pot despite winning the competition as recently as 2010.

“It’s a difficult group, it’s possibly the most difficult that we could have had,” Valverde admitted in his pre-match press conference.

“There will be no respite, although in the same breath it’s also a very attractive group.

“They are teams with great history but we have the belief we will progress.”

Mauricio Pochettino‘s charges earned a memorable 3-0 victory at Old Trafford on Monday evening, and the former Athletic Club coach is acutely aware of the challenge they pose.

“They’re playing at a great level in recent years,” he confirmed.

Tottenham are a great blend of physical and technical potential and were one of the toughest opponents from the second pot.”

The 2018/19 Champions League sees a slight shift in scheduling with a portion of matches now being given a 18:55 CET kick-off time, however, this isn’t something which the Spaniard believes will be an issue.

“Starting at home and finishing at home gives us a small help,” he intimated.

“Let’s see how the new schedule will work.

“We hope that people will come to the stadium for the matches at the Camp Nou.”



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